Friday, October 28, 2016

My Entries in the Moment Cartoon Caption Contest for September/October 2016

You can just imagine some of the entries submitted to the Moment Cartoon Caption Contest for September/October 2016. The captions were funny all right, but the humor tended to be about infirmities of the elderly. The couple can't hear the starting gun. They can't seem to make out the track. The race is just to see who can stand up first. Or they just have to cross the starting line. That sort of thing. I laughed, but I was determined to try a different approach, one that didn't mock impairments in seniors. Then I wrote that first caption...

All told, I submitted five entries. The fourth, involving a dispute going back to the beginning of the relationship, is my favorite. A schlep, not that you need to ask, is a Yiddish word for a tedious or burdensome journey. That's perfectly kosher to use here because Moment Magazine calls itself "North America’s premier Jewish magazine." The drawing is by Benjamin Schwartz.

"Okay, let's see how you roll!"
"You may begin the 20 yard schlep!"
"With this race we launch the Turner Classic Sports channel!"
"And now, to finally settle who was the better catch in 1954..."
"And the winner gets permanent control of the remote!"

November 8, 2016 Update:  The Finalists

December 21, 2016 Update:  I voted for the third caption.

January 25, 2017:  Winning Caption

Note:  In a hypothetical race to draw the greatest number of caption contest cartoons on this blog, Benjamin Schwartz must have the gold medal.

If for some reason you want to relive every caption contest I ever entered, you just need to click that aqua link. Or perhaps you'd like to see just the Moment Magazine contests. Either way, you really have no idea what you're in for.



  1. I was only able to come up with one and it's a bit wordy. I'm trying to use captions contests to rekindle my own attempts at cartooning and brevity is one of the things I always struggled with...well, that and making them funny.

    1. I believe every contestant struggles with those elements.